Mt. Washington Observatory, Cog Railway Seek Court Ruling On Summit Rights | New Hampshire Public Radio

Mt. Washington Observatory, Cog Railway Seek Court Ruling On Summit Rights

Jun 5, 2019

The Cog with the Mount Washington summit, and Observatory, in the background.
Credit Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Two of the big players on the Northeast's highest mountain - the Mount Washington Observatory and the Cog Railway – are taking each other to court.

At issue is a 2009 agreement that lets Cog riders visit the nonprofit Observatory's museum for free. In exchange, it says the Cog will pay the Observatory a dollar per visitor.

But the Cog stopped paying in 2016. The Observatory says they're at least $200,000 overdue. Now, they're suing for that money - and seeking legal clarification of the usage rights on the mountain.

Railway owner Wayne Presby says the Observatory violated the museum fee agreement first. He plans to counter-sue.

The ruling on this case could also affect the usage rights of the state park, hiking clubs and the Mount Washington Auto Road.